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Paul Robeson

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...Paul Leroy Robeson was an African American singer, actor, and civil rights activist. His activism, as well as his leftist ideologies, is arguably considered to have ruined his American career, though he has remained popular in Europe...
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...The sound of R & B/soul music in the late 1960s would have been completely different if not for the career of Aretha Franklin. Aretha was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was C. L. Franklin (a civil rights activist and preacher...

Johnny Cash

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...Few artists embody their chosen form to the degree of Johnny Cash. Born in Arkansas in 1932, Cash began singing with his family while working in their farm’s cotton fields. In 1944, Cash’s brother died in a table saw accident and,...
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...Little Richard is a musician and singer-songwriter. As the self-proclaimed “Architect of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” he has been an influential figure in popular music since the start of his career. Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman...

Joan Baez

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...Through the folk vogue of the late 1950s and early 1960s, few artists emerged as dedicated and talented as Joan Baez. Baez was born in New York in 1941 to a middle-class family that converted to Quakerism when she was young. Baez graduated...

Roy Acuff

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...By the middle of the twentieth century, the system of music production and distribution established by Roy Acuff in Nashville had become the standard by which the business operated until the decline of physical record sales in the early...
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...The early rock and roll of Jerry Lee Lewis introduced a generation to the potential performativity and energy the new form had to offer. Lewis was born in Louisiana in 1935. His family mortgaged their farm to buy him a piano. He was taught...
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...In the 1980s and 1990s, Whitney Houston became one of the biggest selling female artists of all time. She was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1963 and her family was closely intertwined with contemporary singing stars including Aretha...

Bill Monroe

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...When Bill Monroe brought together various regional forms to create bluegrass music, he fundamentally altered the trajectory of American music culture and created a factory for producing uniquely talented musicians. Monroe was born...

Earl Scruggs

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...Earl Eugene Scruggs’s music continues to be incorporated in contemporary popular culture—in films, for example, such as Bonnie & Clyde (1967), The Love Guru (2008), and Penguins of Madagascar (2014). As a banjo player, Scruggs’s career led...